This 15 minute video scrapbook, narrated by Don’s son Jerry, summarizes the life of Don Gerard Gardner,
Don Gardner was born February 5th, 1917 in Ogen, Utah. "Right or wrong, thin or overweight, he was the only Dad we will ever know" --quote from Don's son, Jerry.
Don was the son of hard-working parents, Serenus Gardner and Pansy May Yarrington. He was a great-grandson of Archibald Gardner, a Scottish immigrant who joined the LDS church in 1845. He was the oldest of 11 children: Don, Hal, Jack Vere, Allen,Colin, Colleen, Faith, Dixie, Zoe and Milo. His mother's family originally came from Kansas.
He completed high school in 1935,the year the depression for the sale of the family business and home, resulting in the family's move from Orange, Calif to Gridley, California. The home he built in Garden Grove, still stands.
After the move, he finished second in a Northern California tennis tournament. In 1938, he was a member of the 1938 Gridley football and basketball teams that won leagues championships. Don went on an LDS mission to Missouri (Central States Mission, serving under President John F. Bowman) in Jan. 1940. He served in towns in Missiouri, Kansas, Illinois and Arkansas. He baptized a number of people. He eventually became a Bishop in the LDS church.
Upon he return, in 1942, he joined the US Merchant Marines served there the remainder of World War II.